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From the Garden to the City

Beginning January 1, 2014 we, as a congregation will be reading through the Bible in a year in chronological order. Bookmarks for January-April are available on the credenza in the foyer. Please join us on this journey as we go from the Garden to the City in one year. You can use the comment field below to share with others what God is showing you in the scriptures.

Below is listed four different suggestions to how you can read and keep track of your One Year Bible Reading Plan.

1) Use your hardcover bible and the COS bookmark to keep track of your plan.

2) Use the free online bible reading & tracking plan called YouVersion** (Click here for more info and to sign up)
**If you sign up online and pick the The Blue Letter Bible “Chronological” plan, you will be able to read and keep track of your reading online via your computer.

3) Use the free smartphone & tablet app called YouVersion*** (Click here for more info and to download)
*** If you download the YouVersion Bible app to your smartphone or tablet and pick the The Blue Letter Bible “Chronological” plan, you will be able to read and keep track of your one year reading plan on your phone or tablet.

4) Use the scripture links below to read the scriptures online & use the COS bookmark to keep

track of your plan.

From the Garden to the City

Sep

OCT

NOV

DEC

Sep 1: Ezek 18-19 Oct 1: Luke 1; John 1:1-14 Nov 1: Matt 20-21 Dec 1: 1Cor 9-11
Sep 2: Ezek 20-21 Oct 2: Matt 1; Luke 2:1-38 Nov 2: Luke 18:15-19:48 Dec 2: 1Cor 12-14
Sep 3: Ezek 22-23 Oct 3: Matt 2; Luke 2:39-52 Nov 3: Mark 11; John 12 Dec 3: 1Cor 15-16
Sep 4: Ezek 24-27 Oct 4: Matt 3; Mark 1; Luke 3 Nov 4: Matt 22; Mark 12 Dec 4: 2Cor 1-4
Sep 5: Ezek 28-31 Oct 5: Matt 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51 Nov 5: Matt 23; Luke 20-21 Dec 5: 2Cor 5-9
Sep 6: Ezek 32-34 Oct 6: John 2-4 Nov 6: Mark 13 Dec 6: 2Cor 10-13
Sep 7: Ezek 35-37 Oct 7: Mark 2 Nov 7: Matt 24 Dec 7: Acts 20:1-3; Rom 1-3
Sep 8: Ezek 38-39 Oct 8: John 5 Nov 8: Matt 25 Dec 8: Rom 4-7
Sep 9: Ezek 40-41 Oct 9: Matt 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6 Nov 9: Matt 26; Mark 14 Dec 9: Rom 8-10
Sep 10: Ezek 42-43 Oct 10: Matt 5-7 Nov 10: Luke 22; John 13 Dec 10: Rom 11-13
Sep 11: Ezek 44-45 Oct 11: Matt 8:1-13; Luke 7 Nov 11: John 14-17 Dec 11: Rom 14-16
Sep 12: Ezek 46-48 Oct 12: Matt 11 Nov 12: Matt 27; Mark 15 Dec 12: Acts 20:4-23:35
Sep 13: Joel Oct 13: Matt 12:22-50 Nov 13: Luke 23; John 18-19 Dec 13: Acts 24-26
Sep 14: Dan 1-3 Oct 14: Matt 13; Luke 8 Nov 14: Matt 28; Mark 16 Dec 14: Acts 27-28
Sep 15: Dan 4-6 Oct 15: Matt 8:14-34; Mark 4-5 Nov 15: Luke 24; John 20-21 Dec 15: Colossians; Philemon
Sep 16: Dan 7-9 Oct 16: Matt 9-10 Nov 16: Acts 1-3 Dec 16: Ephesians
Sep 17: Dan 10-12 Oct 17: Matt 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17 Nov 17: Acts 4-6 Dec 17: Philippians 1-4
Sep 18: Ezra 1-3 Oct 18: John 6 Nov 18: Acts 7-8 Dec 18: 1 Timothy
Sep 19: Ezra 4-6; Ps 137 Oct 19: Matt 15; Mark 7 Nov 19: Acts 9-10 Dec 19: Titus
Sep 20: Haggai 1-2 Oct 20: Matt 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27 Nov 20: Acts 11-12 Dec 20: 1 Peter
Sep 21: Zech 1-7 Oct 21: Matt 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62 Nov 21: Acts 13-14 Dec 21: Heb 1-6
Sep 22: Zech 8-14 Oct 22: Matt 18 Nov 22: James 1-5 Dec 22: Heb 7-10
Sep 23: Est 1-5 Oct 23: John 7-8 Nov 23: Acts 15-16 Dec 23: Heb 11-13
Sep 24: Est 6-10 Oct 24: John 9:1-10:21 Nov 24: Gal 1-3 Dec 24: 2 Timothy
Sep 25: Ezra 7-10 Oct 25: Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42 Nov 25: Gal 4-6 Dec 25: 2 Peter; Jude
Sep 26: Neh 1-5 Oct 26: Luke 12-13 Nov 26: Acts 17-18:18 Dec 26: 1 John
Sep 27: Neh 6-7 Oct 27: Luke 14-15 Nov 27: 1/2Thess Dec 27: 2/3 John
Sep 28: Neh 8-10 Oct 28: Luke 16-17:10 Nov 28: Acts 18:19-19:41 Dec 28: Rev 1-5
Sep 29: Neh 11-13; Ps 126 Oct 29: John 11 Nov 29: 1Cor 1-4 Dec 29: Rev 6-11
 Sep 30: Malachi 1-4 Oct 30: Luke 17:11-18:14 Nov 30: 1Cor 5-8 Dec 30: Rev 12-18
Oct 31: Matt 19; Mark 10 Dec 31: Rev 19-22

355 Responses

  1. Nicholas says:

    Why then? Judges 6

    13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all
    this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds …?’

    You ask, Why then? Gideon, did you miss the prophetic Instagram? Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery. 9 And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 And I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed my voice.”

    Why then? Gideon did not make the connection between Israel’s choices and their present consequences. Instead, when he hears the words, Gideon, mighty man of valor – the Lord is with you, he questions the messenger. “but if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?

    Joy’s uncle Charles Denhardt , a pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for over 50 years, put it this way:

    God has given us the freedom to choose. However, once we have chosen, we are not free to determine the consequences of our choices. Case in point: A group of boys are egging each other on to jump off a ledge. One boy decides to take the plunge. If the distance to the ground is 6 feet, he could land without incident. However, if it is 40 feet to the bottom, once airborne, he cannot reverse the law of gravity or change the outcome of his choice. Gideon failed to see the connection between
    Israel’s choice to disregard God, and the ensuing invasions. Neither do we.

    One reason is American Christianity’s love affair with the Gospel of Grace; which says no matter what you do, grace covers it. Grace is greater than our sin. We cannot out-sin the grace of God. While that may be true, the Gospel of Grace fails to take into account the consequences of our actions.

    6 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. The prolonged humiliation and intimidation from these marauders, not to mention the loss of resources was a direct result of their actions.
    The question Why then? reflects what Gideon missed what we so often gloss over: the need for mercy.

    The Gospel of Grace focuses on the unmerited favor we receive. We get what we don’t deserve. So when bad things happen, we question the goodness of God. Whereas the Gospel of the Kingdom, which Jesus preached, begins with repentance, focuses on our choices, and cries out for mercy.

    v7 When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian,…the situation began to change.

    Instead of asking why then?, ask the Holy Spirit to show you if and where you need to repent. Lord, Where have I turned a deaf ear to your commands? Where have I been stubborn and willful? Like the Israelites, cry out for mercy. You may experience the consequences of your actions. Israel felt it for a long time.

    In the end, God heard Israel’s cry, sent a deliverer who defeated the Midianites.. Likewise, grace is available to all who humble themselves before God. It provides a pathway from self-inflicted pain and suffering to freedom.

    To be clear, not all pain and suffering in this world is a result of our choices. But choices do carry consequences. Feeling like you are in mid-air? Cry out to God.

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